Making Sense of Congress' Legislative Reaction to the Paris Attacks

Posted by Eddie Bejarano on December 07, 2015 in Blog

In the aftermath of the tragic terrorist attacks in Paris, France, Congress has introduced, and in some cases voted on, several important bills regarding Syrian refugees, the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) and U.S. national security. The most significant bills are H.R.4038, the American Security Against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act of 2015, H.R.158, Visa Waiver Program Improvement Act of 2015, S.2300, the American Security against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act of 2015, a bill identical to H.R.4038, and S. 2337, the Visa Waiver Program Security Enhancement Act. These 4 bills...

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Countdown Vol. 13 No. 39: An Average Week in America

Posted on December 03, 2015 in Countdown
This week on Countdown shootings in the US, Trump's bigotry, EU out of "peace process" and more
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Countdown Vol. 13 No. 38: Who Are We Worried About?

Posted on November 25, 2015 in Countdown
This week on Countdown: Backlash from Paris impacts refugees, convicted spy Jonathan Pollard is released, backdoor encryption is the new toy Congress wants, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder back tracks on refugee assistance, France declares war on ISIL.
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Upholding our Values

Posted by Rawan Elbaba on November 20, 2015 in Blog

In the wake of last week’s terror attacks in Paris, refugees have received increased backlash across Europe and the United States. More than two dozen Republican governors and one Democratic governor, including presidential candidates, have announced that they will not be resettling Syrian refugees in their states. Their announcements have limited direct impact, however, since there is no lawful means to refuse legally accepted foreign refugees. It’s ridiculous and baffling that refugees are being blamed for attacks carried out by the same people they were were escaping from in the first...

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From Anti-Sharia to Anti-Refugee

Posted by Nadia Aziz on November 12, 2015 in Blog

Media attention surrounding the Syrian refugee crisis has largely focused on the debate and demand for the United States to increase its admittance numbers of Syrian refugees. With less than 1 percent of the refugees admitted to the U.S. since 2011 being Syrian, it is a worthy discussion.

Despite this being the worst humanitarian disaster of our time, part of the problem in taking in more Syrian refugees has been that a small group of members of Congress have attempted to frame this dire humanitarian crisis as a national security concern. These...

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Arab Americans Organize in Dearborn Ahead of 2016 Elections

Posted by Kristin Mccarthy on October 16, 2015 in Blog

The Arab American Institute will convene a 3-day summit in Dearborn, Michigan October 23-25 bringing together Arab American leaders from across the country. This quadrennial summit is held ahead of Presidential election years to provide a forum for presidential candidates to address and hear from the Arab American community, and for our community’s leaders to outline the Arab American platform. 

In the iconic cultural center of the Arab American community, organizers, political activists, students, policy experts, and academic leaders will meet to advance the national dialogue on the domestic and foreign policy priorities particularly affecting Arab Americans.

Over the course...

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Inside (T)ERROR

Posted by Eddie Bejarano on October 07, 2015 in Blog

“They trying to make me force this dude into saying something to support terrorism,” stated Saeed Sharif Torres, a former undercover FBI informant and star of the new film, (T)ERROR, which played at the Investigative Film Festival & Symposium in Washington, DC on October 2nd, 2015. This documentary film, which won an award at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, provided viewers with a rare inside view into one of the highly controversial counterterrorism tactics employed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to enhance our national...

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The U.S. Refugee Vetting Process

Posted by Rawan Elbaba on October 01, 2015 in Blog
Secretary of State John Kerry announced that the United States would take in 85,000 refugees in the new fiscal year beginning October 1, and 100,000 next year. However, Obama’s decision to admit at least 10,000 Syrian refugees within the next year is meeting sharp criticism from current Presidential candidates and some members of Congress. Republican candidate Huckabee has recently come out with controversial comments about “opening the flood gates” for Syrian refugees who could be some of the “most violent and vicious people on Earth.” Other Republican candidates like Carson and Walker also bend the truth on the danger of allowing Syrian refugees into the country in opposition to Obama’s decision. Carson argues that the majority of Syrian refugees are young males who could be “infiltrated by terrorists.” The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, however, has data to suggest that 50.5% of refugees are women, 6.5% are males aged 12 to 17, and 51.1% are refugees under the age of 17 (38.5% of which are younger than 12 years old).
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TSA Gets New Administrator - But What About SPOT?

Posted by Kristin Mccarthy on August 04, 2015 in Blog

There has been no shortage of news scoops on the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) embarrassments. Whether failing to catch arms smugglers, being caught in a scheme to sexually harass travelers during the screening process, or allowing a small child to fly without a ticket, the TSA is decidedly under fire. Newly appointed TSA Administrator Peter Neffenger appeared before the House Committee on Homeland Security last week to answer some tough questions. The Committee pressed Neffenger...

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Urge Your Representative To Demand Congressional Oversight On Domestic Terrorism

Posted on July 22, 2015 in Action Alerts
Urge Your Representative To Demand Congressional Oversight On Domestic Terrorism
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